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QOTW: Which smartphone will you buy next?

by Parm Mann on 12 September 2014, 16:30

Tags: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Sony (NYSE:SNE), HTC (TPE:2498), Samsung (005935.KS), LG Electronics (066570.KS)

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The week's technology news has been dominated by Apple, who took to the stage on Tuesday to unveil not only the eagerly-awaited iPhone 6, but also a larger iPhone 6 Plus and the fabled Apple Watch.

Queues have formed, pre-orders have opened, and sales will no doubt rocket when the iPhone 6 arrives in stores this time next week.

There seems to be no stopping the iPhone juggernaut, but Apple does face stiff competition in the fiercely-contested smartphone sector and will be going up against ambitious handsets from the likes of Samsung, Sony, HTC, Nokia/Microsoft and more.

So let's pass the mic over to you, the readers, and let you discuss: which smartphone will you be buying next? Share your choices, and your reasoning, using the comments facility below.

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For me its quite simple, I refuse to walk around with £300+ worth of hardware so its budget only.

From there the only budget phones I have found to be decent are windows phones (Currently rocking a lumia 520) as even the lower spec models run nice and slick.

For an exact model I am not due one for another 6 months+ so I will just see at the time what phones the operators are willing to give me for free on an £8 a month contract.
Coming from an ATIV S, I'd change for a HTC One (M8) for Windows, when it gets available in my country.

Reason, I want a real high-end smartphone for once, and the Lumia ones don't have a micro-SD port, which I use heavily.
The allure of Cortana/Windows… but would have to try it out to see how handy the AI is :)
Nexus 6 / X for me, if that's a flop then Note 4 + Gear VR
I'll be buying the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact next week, because reasons.

To put the reasons as simply as possible: size (~130x65x12mm is where my sweet spot is), battery life (~12 hours of video playback, best metric I've found to gauge battery life), waterproof (IP55 + IP58).

For me, Sony got the small phone size done the best I've seen; their latest offering is annoying because it sacrifices battery life in talk time and video playback to have a bigger screen, prefer a smaller screen anyway. Z1c ticks the most boxes for me, something I won't like for example is its thinkness; I'm fixing that with a cover though.